Information in brief
- Carnival in the southwest German area
- Imaginative costumes, wooden masks are very common
- folklore with a long tradition
The Swabian-Alemannic carnival, known as Fasnacht, Fastnacht or Fasnet, is a custom in southwest Germany with a long tradition. Every year, the fools take over the government of their towns and villages between Fat Thursday and Ash Wednesday. A large number of processions with all kinds of characters make their way through the streets during this time.
Not all the associations and customs have been in existence for centuries - some only for 20 or 30 years - but the processions, the costumes and the hand-carved wooden masks are always nice to see. The traditionalists include the associations in Villingen, Rottweil, Oberndorf and Elzach with their "Narrensprung" carnival parades, which are well worth seeing.